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Confederate (CSV)


Cyrus Lafayette Broome

(1842 - 1917)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 18, he enlisted on 25 April 1861 in Crystal Springs, MS and mustered as Private, Company C, 16th Mississippi Infantry on 26 May 1861 in Corinth, MS. He was appointed Color Corporal on 30 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot in the thigh and captured in action at Sharpsburg, MD on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at US General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD, and transferred to one in Baltimore, MD on 13 October 1862. He was paroled and exchanged, and then was in hospitals in Richmond or on furlough for much of the next year. He was discharged for disability from wounds on 5 December 1863.

After the War

In 1866 he was growing cotton in Mississippi near Vicksburg, with two partners down from Pennsylvania, brothers Noah and Abraham Zook. Abraham was found murdered, his brother missing, the cotton sold, and Broome and his brother(s) off to other parts of the state, or perhaps Texas. Federal authorities believed Broome was the murderer, but could get no action taken by local or state authorities.

By 1900 he was a livestock dealer in Crockett County, TX and was a truck farmer and gardener there in 1910.

References & notes

Wound and hospital details from the Patient List,1 as C.L. Brown (his mother was a Brown, he may have used that name intentionally). His service from his Compiled Military Service Records,2 online from fold3, as both Brown and Broome. He is also in a casualty list in the New Orleans Times-Picayune of 29 October 1862, as E.S. Broom, killed at Sharpsburg. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1900 and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Details about the murder(s) from Pennsylvania Legislative Documents (chiefly military reports, of 1867), following a statement to the legislature by Governor John Geary of 14 March 1867.

He married Mittie Jean Stewart (1844-1926) and they had 6 children in Texas between 1868 and 1881.

His brother Alonzo was also wounded and captured at Sharpsburg.


11/10/1842; Utica, MS


01/28/1917; San Angelo, TX; burial in Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo, TX


1   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #994  [AotW citation 18348]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29619]